You've seen them buzzing around, roasting & packaging delicious coffee. You know their helpful voices from when you call in with a question or an order. They've crafted you exceptional drinks time and again. Now get to know our team members a little better through what we call the Ceremony Spotlight.
Today's spotlight shines on one of our wonderful training and customer service staff.
Name Erissa Mann
Job at Ceremony Trainer + Account Manager
Hometown/Current Town The 'Burbs of Boston, Massachusetts / Baltimore, Maryland
Describe your journey with coffee and Ceremony.
I started working as a barista in college because I needed a job and I liked coffee. Then I went to grad school where I promptly realized that I still needed a job, so I kept working as a barista. It was during this stint that I realized that I'd rather keep learning about and working in coffee than pursue my at-the-time plan. After working as a barista for a few years, I wanted to learn more about the wholesale side of the industry. Ceremony happened to be hiring and I eagerly joined the team!
What is your go-to coffee right now?
Tough question; I'm pretty fickle when it comes to picking a favorite coffee. This week I'm really digging the Colombia Los Naranjos, but a really well dialed-in espresso or batch brew always wins my heart, regardless of origin.
What are your preferred brewing methods? Do you have any tips?
The Beehouse dripper is definitely the brewer I reach for the most. One of my favorite weekend treats is to make pour over coffee at home.
As for tips, a good grinder, a gram scale, and making sure that your water is hot enough will all be super helpful for improving your brew, regardless of method. If you want to hear more of my brew tips, stop by one of Baltimore's Weekly Coffee Breaks, or check out our General Public class entitled "Brewing Coffee at Home". You'll really get to pick my brain for brewing advice!
When you're not consuming or being consumed by coffee, what else do you love to do?
I like to keep it pretty mellow in my free time. I love reading, hiking, riding my bike, excellent food, good drinks, and fine company.
What is something we might not know about you?
I completed training as an archivist before moving into coffee full time.
An archivist works with unpublished, permanently valuable records. Sort of like an archeologist!- Ed.
That's Erissa! The Baltimore workshop wouldn't be nearly as kind or witty without her! Not to mention her skills as an incredibly patient and understanding teacher. Give her a wave the next time you're at the Baltimore cafe + workshop and be sure to stop by for a Weekly Coffee Break or class! www.ceremonycoffee.com/events
Until next time, happy brewing!